May 10th is International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD). Our group will join thousands of other birders around the world by participating as citizen scientists during the IMBD, counting and submitting the numbers and species seen while birding. Meet at 7:00 a.m. in the parking lot of the Jolly Rogers Marina on Lake Maumelle. First, we’ll check various trails along Lake Maumelle for warblers, woodpeckers, and maybe a lingering breeding-plumaged loon. We’ll then caravan to the Central Arkansas Water (CAW) Grass Farm off Higginbotham Rd; we’ll have special access to a normally gated area. The Grass Farm is a mix of sod grass fields, woodlands, and riparian areas. Sturdy shoes or boots are recommended. Bring water and snacks. There will be moderate walking on level ground. This will be a morning trip.
Directions to Jolly Rogers Marina—the marina is approximately 10 miles west of Little Rock on Hwy. 10. Turn right at the white and black Jolly Rogers Marina entrance sign and drive down to the boat launch area. The marina address is 11800 Maumelle Harbour Rd., Roland, AR. The GPS coordinates for the Grass Farm are 34.875172, -92.716715.